Woman Found Dead Amid Clutter August 31, 2010Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Simplify Your Life.
Tags: Clutter, Compulsive hoarding, Health & Wellness
Her husband found her inside their home, buried under the mountain of junk that filled her “rabbit hole” from floor to ceiling.
The collected clothes, trash and knickknacks in Billie Jean James’s house was so vast that sniffer dogs had searched the home without finding her corpse, The Associated Press reported.
Billie Jean was a compulsive hoarder, with a passion for shopping for trinkets and clothes. One friend said that Billie Jean referred to the room where she was found as “her rabbit hole.”
Cassell told the AP that the house had only small amounts of clear space so that people could get around, and that the home was filled with strong odors from animals, garbage and food.
Billie Jean is not the first person whose hoarding instincts proved fatal. In May, an aging Chicago couple was trapped for two weeks after being buried in their belongings. When they were rescued, they were found to have rat bites on their bodies.
To read the full story: Las Vegas Hoarder Found Dead Among Possessions
For tips on Decluttering your own rabbit hole(s): Declutter 101